Updated: Jun 30
Microchipping your pet is one of the best decisions you can make to keep them safe. A traditional tag can sometimes fall off and become lost - especially if you're adventuring outdoors this summer! However, a microchip is a digital ID solution that cannot be lost or stolen.
Microchipping involves implanting a tiny chip between your pet’s shoulder blades. A microchip transmits a unique sequence of radio waves that belong to only your pet. This way, if they ever go missing a vet or official with a chip reader can scan your pet and know exactly where they live and the details of the owner.
When you microchip your pet, there are a couple of important things to remember:
After receiving the chip, make sure you register it online and record your correct home address. It will only help you and your pet if you complete this step! This may sound simple, but only 58% of microchips detected in lost pets are actually registered with useful information.
Don’t forget to update your home address when you relocate. Up to date contact information is imperative to keeping this ID method highly effective.
All in all, microchipping is a brilliant digital solution that means you can be reunited with your lost pet much faster. It is also much more likely! According to American Humane, just 15% of dogs and 2% of cats that go missing without a microchip are reunited with their owners at all.
ID Tags Work Alongside Microchipping!
You should absolutely use ID tags as well as microchipping. Many ID tags are made of a lightweight plastic that will not impede your pet’s movement or bother them in any way. It might also be a good idea to get one with bright colors to attract the attention of anyone trying to help your lost pet.
If your pet is also microchipped, make sure that your pet’s ID tag makes this known. Someone who finds your pet might not be aware of microchips and how they work. If your ID tag contains a phrase like “please scan my microchip,” everyone will know that this is how to find the information they need to safely return your pet.
It is especially useful to supply a new pet with an ID tag. They will not yet be familiar with the area or your calls for them to return to you. Some new pets feel anxiety upon entering a new home, and this could cause them to flee. Ensure you have a suitable ID tag waiting for your new pet on arrival!
Jack Vale is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with K9 Sport Sack dog backpack carriers.